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Stylish Wedding Dresses for the Practical Bride
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Stylish Wedding Dresses for the Practical Bride

Your wedding day is undoubtedly one of the most important occasions in your life. It celebrates love, and gives you every license to look drop dead gorgeous. While we all want that make-your-groom-cry moment as you walk down the aisle, remember that you don’t have to spend every dollar on your dress. There are a variety of stunning numbers you can choose from to stay in budget — and in style — on your dream wedding! Here are our top picks based on the most popular motifs:

Elegant Wedding

Formal weddings are a staple for a reason. The elegance, class, and luxury of the event gives it a royal feel that’s comparable to what we’ve read in fairytales. Because of its posh atmosphere, it’s easy to think that weddings like these call for the big bucks. What they don’t tell you is, with a good eye, you can stun everyone without breaking the bank. 

Lace is always a safe bet when you’re doing an elegant ceremony. It’s got wow factor, a sense of delicateness, and it just looks so beautiful!

A bride in a formal wedding dress with lace

We highly recommend the Adelyn White Strapless Maxi Dress for a surefire win. From its sweetheart neckline, sheath silhouette, and intricate lace overlay, we just know you’ll instantly feel like a bride. For only $138, this dress is a total steal that gives you more room to splurge on shoes, accessories, and your honeymoon.

An affordable lace wedding dress with off shoulder sleeves

Want more glam? Check out the One Way White Lace Slit Maxi Dress. This beauty is a stunner in the affordable wedding dress section if there ever was one. It packs a load of drama with its bardot style featuring off shoulder sleeves and a thigh-high slit. And the best part? It’s only $138.

Final Touches

Go all in with fabulous heels and jewelry. We recommend gold pieces or pearls!


Outdoor and Rustic

Rustic weddings are all about the great outdoors, being one with nature, and looking back to simpler times. As for your wedding dress, it’s fitting to pick one that’s relaxed and a tad whimsical.

Pro tip: once you’ve slipped into the dress, you know it’s right when the first word that comes to mind is “enchanting” (plus tears!).

A woman in a rustic wedding dress

The Feel For You White Lace Maxi Dress is a great find for a rustic themed wedding. You’ll only need $149 to bag this beauty complete with unique flutter sleeves, plunging v neckline, and thigh-high slit. Your husband-to-be will go nuts over its strategic cuts while its delicate lace overlay is sure to please your folks. It’s a win-win!

A sequin embellished gown for a rustic wedding

In an event where there’s a lot of natural light, sparkle has everything else beat. The Whisk Me Away White Maxi Dress is a sequin embellished dress that’s made for the chic bride. There’s nothing quite like its floor-sweeping hem, v neckline, and criss-cross back pulled together by a one-of-a-kind sequin pattern. And oh, did we mention it’s only $187? Perfection.

The best wedding dress for a rustic wedding

Simple yet intriguing is another way to go when you’ve got your heart set out for a rustic ceremony. The Dusk To Dawn Cream Crepe Gauze Maxi Dress will give you just that with its vintage-style bodice and crochet insert around the waist. To keep things interesting, it also throws in a cross back, high front slits, and a shear bottom. Retail price? $107. It literally keeps on giving!

Finishing Touches

White heels work best for all the looks we’ve laid out (so long as the shade is identical), but you could always go for a pair in nude. Accessorize with jewelry that are a bit extra for balance: custom hoop earrings, layered bracelets, whatever speaks to you!

Beachside Ceremony

We couldn’t dare leave out beach weddings. How could we when they’ve got a sort of calm, casual elegance, and loads of fun that you can’t pass up on! — elements you’d definitely want in your wedding dress.

A flowy wedding gown for a beach wedding

Look for flowy silhouettes like that found in the Opposites Attract Ivory Lace Maxi Dress. For a $126 piece, this number has lace trimmings, v-neckline, fitted bodice, and thigh-high slit. It’s a beach bride’s dream!

A woman in a pleated wedding dress

Felt inspired by the waves? Let it be known with the Jamee White Maxi Dress. This gorgeous piece is more than just an affordable wedding dress at $126. Its beautiful construction highlights pleated details on all the right places as well as a plunging neckline and a sexy criss-cross back. Wear this on your beach wedding and we guarantee that all eyes will naturally fall on you.

A woman in an off shoulder beach wedding dress

Finally, we’re placing our bets on the Into You Ivory Ruffle Top Maxi Dress. This dress leans toward a more minimalistic look, but it’s gorgeous nonetheless! The clean cut long gown is lifted by a ruffled bodice, off shoulder sleeves, and thigh-high slit. Priced at just $126, it’s more than worth it!

Finishing Touches

You’re gonna need a bit more platform on your feet to walk straight on the sand. Go for chunky heels and don’t be ashamed to keep them low. As for accessories, you can stay directly on theme or play it down to a minimum.

So long as the right person is waiting for you at the end of the aisle, everything else just follows. Here’s to you and your partner, babe! Best of wishes to you both!